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The Stranger pulled back his hand, and the Old Man's heart came out with it. That heart was a withered thing, the Old Man noted, having shriveled from disuse. Its absence was no great loss; it had stopped beating many years ago.
— Opening Lines to The Unchained

The Unchained is a Naruto - One Piece crossover.

One Thousand Years ago, the world was in chaos. The True History of that period is still lost to time, the only records hidden in a series of indecipherable stones called the Poneglyphs. On one particular island chain the Sage of Six Paths, father of Ninshu, sealed away a threat to the entire world, locking the islands away behind a barrier and casting a planet-wide genjutsu that would make them lost to the outside forever.

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Or so he thought.

Nearly nine hundred years after the end of the Void Century, Gold Roger discovers the Elemental Kingdoms. In his search for the True History he encounters a very ancient Uchiha Madara and a very young Uchiha Itachi, changing the fate of the Uchiha Clan forever. Now, Madara's only remaining servant, Tobi, must make the best of his imperfect understanding of his master's plan as he begins preparations to take the entire world by storm.

Years later, strange ships start arriving at the fishing ports east of Konoha, and Naruto and Sasuke are sent to investigate.

Madara dies in Chapter 1, Itachi dies fighting against Root in Chapter 2, Naruto and Sasuke become friends as young children in Chapter 3. Despite all of this, things don't go all that much better for Team 7 in the long run. Part One of the story takes place on the Elemental Kingdoms, and Part Two takes place at sea in the much stranger Grand Line as Naruto and Sasuke pursue Akatsuki with the only ship available, the Going Merry. The Elemental Kingdoms have been opened from a thousand years of isolation, and no one is quite sure what that means for the world at large.

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The Unchained contains examples of:

  • Actually, That's My Assistant: When she meets the Strawhats, Hinata immediately assumes their captain is the fearsome swordsman with the deathly glare instead of the enthusiastic nutso goofing around with a reindeer. Also, Luffy wasn't wearing his hat at the time.
  • Affably Evil: Tobi is a really friendly and likable guy when he's not killing you.
  • Arch-Enemy: Develop between Kisame and Zoro. (See Kisame's Break Them by Talking speech to Zoro.)
  • Asshole Victim: Anyone who antagonize Akatsuki are usually the villains that suppose to bedevil the Strawhats in canon and they don't end well. So far the biggest victim to cross Tobi is the capital of the World Government, Mariejois. In this story, the Nobles tried to cultivate the Divine Fruit for their own ends and undead!Gol D. Roger takes advantage of this knowledge to goad the God Tree-infused Tobi to fire a Wave Motion Gun that completely obliterated the city and the rest of the Nobility living there.
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  • Back from the Dead: Gol D. Roger is resurrected by Akatsuki. Fortunately, Roger is eventually freed by Sasuke and his own will power.
  • Bash Brothers: Naruto and Sasuke have been friends for a long time before the real story starts. Notably absent is the canon Face–Heel Turn that Sasuke took, which means the two are actually friends and not just rivals. Their fighting styles have evolved to reflect this.
  • Berserk Button: Luffy is furious when he discovers Akatsuki abducted Ace, made him a scapegoat for Sabaody Archipelago's destruction and intends to give him as a sacrifice to the Divine Tree, which would kill him.
    • When he brought Gol D. Roger back from the dead to pit him against the Strawhats coming to stop Akatsuki, Orochimaru unwisely forgot to verify who were with them. Saying that Rayleigh is NOT HAPPY AT ALL would be the biggest understatement ever seen in this century.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Tobi of course. The rest of Akatsuki are put off by their leader's antics, but stayed their hands given how he is very powerful than them.
  • Boxed Crook: Flounders served as the captain to the pirate crew Flounder's Fishermen until he ran into Garp. The Fist decided to give Flounders his chance to turn over a new leaf, and let him join the Marine. However, the poor man suffers relapses sometimes - such as being unable to enter a bank without thinking to rob it and calling a sanctioned operation a heist.
  • Break Them by Talking: Kisame's speech to Zoro during their first battle.
    Zoro: Why are you just playing around here?!
    Kisame: Because there's no reason for me to take this seriously. I came out here expecting a challenge. A new world with new opponents to force me to improve, but instead all I've found is an endless series of these damn Devil Fruits! Every one of them has either been completely worthless or an overpowered force of nature. There's no thrill to be had fighting a storm, a glacier, or a volcano! The back and forth pleasure of a real fight! The only thing I've learned out here is that I'll never find peace on the battlefield! You can't give it to me either, Roronoa Zoro. You're far too weak.
    Zoro: Weak?! There's only one person who's called me that and lived, and you're not even close to him...!
    Kisame: Yes, weak. Of course you are. What does someone like you know of the weight of duty? Of loyalty to a mission? I've read about you. You've been nothing but a bounty-hunter. A low-life thug! Killing as you wished- picking and choosing your battles.
    Zoro: Duty?! Loyalty?! You know nothing about me! The dreams I've fought for! What I've done since we entered the Grand Line to becomes the greatest-
    Kisame: Oh, as just a lowly pirate? A self-improving swordsman pursuing greatness?! How carefree! I slaughtered men, women, and children all for the sake of my duty and a mission that was destined to never end! Until you've lived under that weight, how can you dare to pursue greatness! I've borne the weight of that duty ever since childhood, and finally I will be rewarded with the truest treasures! A duty I can choose for myself!
  • Call-Back: Deidara pokes fun at Kisame for not knowing what a mermaid is calls back to Yosaku and Sanji trying to explain what a mermaid is to Luffy. Deidara even suggest "Fish head and lady body!" much like Luffy's drawing of what he thinks is a mermaid.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Gold Roger when he finally takes control over his mind back, only for Rayleigh to rip one of his arms off. Dude is the king of sailors, after all.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Davy Back Fight between the Foxy Pirates and Akatsuki. Predictably, the Foxy Pirates lost and Foxy had to play dead in order for Akatsuki to leave with their winnings before they bother to kill them all.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: Madara is an ancient, decrepit husk, only kept alive by the Gedo statue.
  • Death by Adaptation: Aside from Madara being killed in the very beginning of the story, many prominent characters dies and many of whom are attributed to the actions of Akatsuki. In chronological order: Bellamy, Enel, Sasori, Spandam, Deidara, Blackbeard, Gecko Moria, Saint Charloss, and Akainu.
  • Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: After the black-magic Akatsuki murderer, Hidan, falls from the sky, several of the Straw-Hats get him to sit peacefully and tell them a story while they help him sew his arm back on. Only later do they learn how dangerous he really is.
  • Double Entendre: Aokiji's remark on Sasuke, Naruto, and Zoro's fire attack.
    "Let's see if you're as hot as the last guy who tried to make me melt! Wait, let me rephrase th-"
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: An elderly and decrepit Madara is killed by Gold Roger cutting his life support in the first chapter. Also, the story can't truly start until The Third Hokage is killed by a sleeper agent.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Akatsuki clashed with Enel and his Priests, the Blackbeard Pirates, Gecko Moria, and Akainu.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Commodore Flounders is an ex-criminal now working for the oppressive World Government, and he's disgusted to learn that the Elemental Nations routinely make Tykebombs when he confronts Sasuke.
    • Kisame is a ruthless killer who murdered his way all across the Elemental Nations. However, Nico Robin's Lovecraftian Superpower is really too creepy for him to endure.
  • False Flag Operation: Akatsuki stage a massive diversion to divert the Marines and World Government's attention away from their plan on assaulting the Divine Tree. They begin by murdering Saint Charloss and framing Gecko Moria, which in turn luring Akainu into a trap and killing him, and causing a major imbalance in the World Government's status quo. They then stage a large-scale attack on Sabody by using the bodies of Moria and Perona, impersonating Zoro and Ace, and eliminating Marine officers.
  • Food Slap: Naruto attempts to punish a mystery diner (Luffy) for stealing his ramen. Luffy retaliates by shooting him in the face with a high-pressure noodle beam. He doesn't avoid getting it in his mouth.
  • Foreshadowing: The Naval History Museum's exhibit on Gold Roger was mentioned to have been broken into by Akatsuki. It turns out that Orochimaru acquired a genetic piece of Roger from the exhibit and resurrected him with the Impure World Reincarnation jutsu to stall the Strawhats and Hidden Leaf shinobis.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to Gol D. Roger's arrival in the Elemental Kingdoms, Madara is killed and without him Uchiha Obito is rendered brain dead despite Tobi's efforts. So Tobi absorbed Obito's body into his own and took Madara's eyes. Roger also encountered a young Itachi and inspired him about the outside world, which in turn led him to die against Root after refusing to betray the Uchiha clan, and thus only a handful of the clan survived. The Third Hokage punished Root for their actions and Danzou was forced to join Akatsuki.
    • Orochimaru didn't defect from Akatsuki. He did planned on consider leaving but reconsidered it after capturing a Devil Fruit user and hearing Tobi's plan to travel the Grand Line made his stay in the group worthwhile for his interest in Devil Fruits.
    • Akatsuki's journey in the Grand Line are ahead of the Strawhats in which they filled in the events of Skypeia, the Davy Back Fight, and Thriller Bark. Drastically leading to the deaths of Enel and Gecko Moria.
    • The Enies Lobby arc goes very differently. Due to Akatsuki garnering attention from the World Government, they confronted Aokiji after the Davy Back Fight in which it led to the latter capturing the Strawhats after he incorrectly deem Robin to be colluding with Akatsuki and wasn't willing to take the chance of letting her go. This expedite Cipher Pol 9 to capture Franky ahead of schedule, but leaving Blueno at Water 7 as a failsafe. In turn, there is no initial hostility between the Strawhats and the Franky Family, and Luffy devote his entire energy in battling Lucci.
    • Buggy never get to be imprison in Impel Down thanks to Sakura and Hinata, who temporarily acted as his escort to Water 7.
    • Akatsuki's stop at Thriller Bark led to the death of Gecko Moria and Akainu, and the destruction of the entire island, leading to Moria's captured shadows returning to their owners, including Brook. The Strawhats completely skip Thriller Bark while recruiting Brook into their crew, but some of them are having trouble accepting the talking skeleton. Danzou claims Shusui as his own. Lola and her crew are arrested by the Marines.
  • Fusion Fic:
    • Given that chakra is present in every living being, including in Devil Fruits, it is explain that it is the source of everyone's (such as Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji) Charles Atlas Superpower. But noted to be not as refined as the ninjas of the Elemental Kingdoms.
    • Hagoromo (aka the "Sage of Six Paths") and "Joy Boy" are the same person. "Joy Boy" was a affectionate (and embarrassing) nickname given to him by the past Mermaid Princess (the original Poseidon) whom he saved her from Kaguya.
    • Kaguya was responsible for reshaping the world's mountains and oceans, dividing the world into five seas so that war would be too difficult to be wage, and founding the "Great Kingdom". It is also strongly implied that Kaguya created the super-weapons Poseidon, Uranus, and Neptune to be use against Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki.
    • The Divine Tree is the source of the world's Devil Fruits, which also contains a demon, and is the "National Treasure of Mariejois".
    • Hagoromo did not only seal the Elemental Kingdoms from the world to hide Kaguya's powers, but also casting an illusion on the Sun and making navigation very difficult on the Grandline in order to ensure no one find the Elemental Kingdoms and the ruins of Kaguya's kingdom.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Lampshaded by the chapter title. Sasuke has Danzou at his mercy, but lacking canon Sasuke's depth of hatred he just can't quite make the interrogation stick.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In order to pass incognito on Sabaody Archipelago, the Straw Hat Pirates pretend to be a traveling carnival with a bad Luffy impersonator, a lady in a fish costume (Keimi) and the other crewmates acting as various entertainers. It works beautifully.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Akainu gets killed by his own attack courtesy of Hidan's Jashin Ritual.
  • Humanity Ensues: Tobi's possession of Obito's body and it gave him more appreciation of human senses than in canon.
  • Human Sacrifice: How Akatsuki plans to quicken the Divine Fruit's ripening. Their chosen sacrifice is Ace.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Franky calls Naruto a nutball after freaking the kid out by inadvertantly making him believe the cyborg was about to drop his pants.
  • I Fell for Hours: Tobi tosses Hidan off of Sky Island, which is 10 kilometers up in the air, with only vague directions about what to do when he hits the ground.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • The Strawhats never have the chance to travel to Skypiea, Long Ring Island and Thriller Bark due to their brief stay in the Elemental Kingdoms, but instead it is Akatsuki who filled in their adventures: freeing Skypiea from Enel's tyranny (but unintentionally as Akatsuki are more interested in reading the Poneglyph), brutally beating Foxy in the Davy Back Fight, and Gecko Moria's shadows are returned to their owners after Akainu's death sunk Thriller Bark.
    • Although Spandam was incapacitated and unable to summon the Buster Call, Enies Lobby is (inadvertently) destroyed but by Lucci after he fractured the island's bedrock and causing it to sink into the sea.
    • The Going Merry, as in canon, cannot go on with the Strawhats. But under different circumstances in which it was very badly damaged by Deidara and overgrown with trees thanks to Chopper's chakra to keeping it afloat. However, it is prevented from being burn at Naruto's urging and is turned into a mangrove-like, cherry blossom forest.
    • Sanji always has his doodled wanted poster drawn. Despite the fact he was briefly captured by the Marines and had his photo perfectly taken, which becomes badly blurry, as Admiral Sengoku was quick to point this out. This is justified because the negatives were damaged during Naruto's clone-rampage.
    • Despite Kisame's intervention that rescued Hatchan, Duval is still pissed about Sanji and attacked him at Sabody, where he eventually get his new face.
  • Island of Mystery: In this story, the Elemental Kingdoms are a couple of large islands that are almost unknown to the world due to the Sage of Six Paths sealing it off with a genjutsu.
  • Last Request: After being fatally wounded by the Root, Itachi ask Sasuke to travel the world and try to join Gol D. Roger's crew in his place. Sasuke did fulfill the former but later discovering that Roger has been long dead and his crew disbanded.
  • Late to the Tragedy: The Strawhats arrive to Long Ring Island and find what is left of the Foxy Pirates, who are either barely alive or already dead, following their brutal defeat in the Davy Back Fight against Akatsuki.
  • Logical Weakness: Hidan's blood-magic is entirely ineffectual against Brook (a skeleton) and Franky (a cyborg protected by his metallic parts).
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • The Foxy Pirates made the worst mistake to challenge Akatsuki in the Davy Back Fight. Even Foxy bemoaned his misfortune.
    Foxy: I've lost everything...Who knew that after only...nine-hundred and twenty measly Davy-Back challenges...I'd finally picked the wrong opponents? They told me...that the man I fought...was their accountant!
    • Blackbeard tries to go against Tobi to collect his bounty and it ends with his soul taken away by the latter.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Chopper tries to fix the Going Merry by using Wood Release to patch the holes in her hull, his power goes overboard and transforms the ship in a mangrove-style forest. The reindeer is crushed for ending Merry's life as a ship, but is quickly comforted by the fact Merry will still continue to live, only with another form.
  • My Sibling Will Live Through Me: Sasuke carries one of Itachi's Sharingan and is determined to travel the world and become a Roger Pirate in his stead. Robin disapproves because she thinks Sasuke should live for himself.
  • Mysterious Past: Kisame never gave any thought of what he is and where he came from. All he remembers from his early life was being an infant washed up on the shores of the Land of Water and founded by Mist ninjas. That is until his first encounter with a Fishman made him to start to realize that he is a Merfolk likely hail from Fishman Island.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Luffy comes back for Naruto and Sasuke when they find themselves stuck in a fight with Aokiji. When Sasuke tries to shoo the pirate away by pointing his crew needs him, Luffy answers it's the reason why he's here - because two of his crewmates need his help.
  • No Sense of Direction: Zoro and Luffy still have warped and twisted senses of direction. When Sasuke is conducting surveillance on Zoro, his attempts to cut Zoro off at the pass fail repeatedly because the man can't path properly. At least, until Sasuke gives up, at which point Zoro runs into him and asks him for directions.
  • Not So Different: Naruto points that Usopp's favourite tactics - misdirection, lies and traps - are classical ninja strategies and suggests him to develop it.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Akatsuki's adventures in Skypeia, Long Ring Island, and beyond.
    • Hidan briefly become a surrogate storyteller to the Strawhats in which he tells them a crude tale on what Akatsuki did in Skypeia. Although we get a flashback of Akatsuki's final battle with Enel.
    • The Strawhats discover the devastating aftermath of Foxy's Davy Back Fight and see a poster of what the Foxy Pirates went up against who. For example, Foxy vs. Kakuzu. They also find Sasori's puppets and the scene of Akatsuki's battle against Aokiji before shortly meeting the admiral in person.
    • The brutal defeat of the Blackbeard Pirates after their captain is killed by Tobi.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Tobi incidentally meeting Naruto at a restaurant stand and tries to pass off as some eccentric wearing huge thick sunglasses who calls himself "Tobington" from "Foreignia". Naruto didn't have a clue of who he is talking to because he dismiss "Tobington" as one of the oddities of the Grand Line and even suggest shortening "Tobington's" name to Tobi.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Tobi has his moments such as helping Tonjit after defeating the Foxy Pirates.
    • Kisame start having thoughts about protecting the fishmen and mermaids from human slavers, in which he even rescue Hatchan from the Flying-Fish Riders.
  • Post-Climax Confrontation: The Strawhats and Hidden Leaf ninjas beat Cipher Pol 9 and escaped Enies Lobby. Everyone is relieved until Deidara flies in as Akatsuki also wants Robin.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Robin has no qualms about interfering in a swordfight between Zoro and Kisame because even if Zoro wants it to be fair, she prefers him to stay alive.
  • Sadistic Choice: The Strawhat Pirates plan to steal the Divine Fruit after its ripening to prevent Akatsuki or the World Nobles to abuse its power. However, it would mean letting Ace die, as saving Luffy's brother would only delay the process.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Danzou's response to Sasuke's failed torture and interrogation.
    Danzou: -And then they produced you. You worthless reject. The runt of the litter. Only protected by your big brother, even now. I know your plan. You want to hurt me, break me, here inside this illusion, so you can kill me for real when it all ends, but I can tell you that you don't have what it takes, you little worm. This nightmare will eventually end, and then I will stand up and kill you. I will take that eye from your skull, and Itachi's gift will finally go to someone who deserves it."
  • Recognition Failure: The natives of the Elemental Kingdoms saw Gol D. Roger as some average pirate who visited their homeland and consider his visit a historical footnote. Justified because the Elemental Kingdoms have remained in total isolation from the world and unaware of worldly events, and that Roger's visit was overshadowed by the Third Shinobi War.
  • Taking You with Me: Deidara tries to take out everyone on the Going Merry. But it doesn't work after the Strawhats and Naruto fired a impromptu railgun with Nami's Clima-Tact at Deidara.
  • Tempting Fate: There seem to be a lot of jinxes here.
    Tobi: Guys, guys, guys! Relax! What could possibly go wrong?”
    Narration: Three seconds later, the Knock-Up Stream erupted from the ocean’s depths. The solid column of torrential seawater was like the god of the sea himself delivering a furious uppercut to the unprepared ship.
    • This might just be a problem with the Grand Line in general.
    Nami: "That bell isn't going to just fall out of the sky!"
  • The Promise: Sasuke swore to join the Jolly Roger Pirates in stead of his brother, and is dismayed to learn they were dismantled when Roger died. Luffy affirms he can still keep his promise, because Luffy is going to be the next Pirate King, and traveling with Gold Roger's successor is just as good, isn't it?
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Gol D. Roger didn't spared Tobi's life, the story wouldn't have Akatsuki in the first place. Rayleigh even lampshades this:
    Rayleigh: "You see, it was mercy that stayed Roger's hand. And that mercy may yet come back to reward us."
  • We Can Rule Together: Invoked. Tobi try to offer Gecko Moria to join Akatsuki. Moria find this insulting and reject it. However, Tobi admits to Moria that the whole "you are invited to join us" speech is fake and he actually plans on killing Moira and then framing him for attacking a Celestial Dragon.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Chapter 48: The Heart of Darkness": Tobi kills Blackbeard and takes his soul. The rest of the Blackbeard pirates are exterminated offscreen.
    • "Chapter 51: Maniac Mansion": Tobi killing Gecko Moria and his crew, and assassinating Saint Charloss in order to fulfilling the second act of Akatsuki's plan to take the Divine Fruit.
    • "Chapter 52: Burning Blood": Akatsuki successfully killed Akainu at the cost of sinking Thriller Bark and disrupting the Marines' balance of power.
    • "Chapter 55: Let's Get Ready to Parley": Hachi gets unexpectedly rescued by Kisame.
    • "Chapter 57: Inherited Will": Rayleigh previously met Tobi. And Ace gets captured by Akatsuki to be use as a sacrifice for the Divine Fruit.
    • "Chapter 58: The Summit": Akatsuki begins their attack on Sabody Archipelago (with Moria and Perona resurrected doing the most damage) to use as a distraction for the Marines and World Government while Akatsuki finally making their way to the Divine Tree.
    • "Chapter 61: Children of the Sun": Rayleigh revealing the Void Century and complete with a flashback to Hagoromo and Hamura's war against Kaguya. The World Government keeping secret of the Divine Tree. Gol D. Roger sparing Tobi's life.
    • "Chapter 63: The Way Is Shut": Gol D. Roger, along with the First and Second Hokage, is resurrected with the Impure World Reincarnation. Sasuke suddenly uses the Tsukuyomi against Roger.
    • "Chapter 71: "Giants in the Playground": Gol D. Roger successfully goads the God Tree-infused Tobi to completely obliterate Mariejois.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Gol D. Roger refused to kill Tobi because he was possessing a brain-dead child despite what Rayleigh and the others insisted that letting Tobi go was a bad idea.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Tobi pulls his Absorption Soul Technique on Blackbeard, Gecko Moria, and Perona.


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